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Carndonagh Cross Pillar
 

County

Donegal

Coordinates

N 55° 14' 59.52"   W 007° 16' 20.82"

Nearest town

Carndonagh

Grid Ref.

C 46260 44988

Map No.

3

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

52

Date of visit

Monday 29 June 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The west (260°) face of the cross. On this side there are a flabellum, a liturgical fan used during the religious ceremony to keep dust and flies away from the altar. Then there are two ecclesiastical figures, probably two bishops, with croziers, and a marigold at the bottom.


In the Donagh parish church (CoI) grounds there are some interesting things to see.
To begin with, the church has a re-used doorway from a 15th century church. Nearby there's the lintel from a 12th century church doorway. This lintel has a wheeled cross carved in bas-relief on one of its faces. There also some human figure and interlaced motifs on the same side.
Some fine grave slabs can be seen in the graveyard.
But the most beautiful thing here is a cross pillar carved from a red sandstone block.
On its east (80°) face is a Crucifixion scene. The head of Christ seems to be pushing upwards to create a bumb on the upper side of the pillar. Below the crucifixion are two figures with Latin crosses on their clothes. A cross decorated with Celtic knots is at the bottom of this face.
On the other side there are a flabellum, a liturgical fan used during the religious ceremony to keep dust and flies away from the altar. Then there are two ecclesiastical figures, probably two bishops, with croziers, and a marigold at the bottom.
This pillar is 1.79 metres tall, 46 centimetres wide and 22 centimetres thick.

About 30 metres east, outside the graveyard wall, is the famous Carndonagh Cross.


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